Kela Weber

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Recent Research Projects

Field Testing of Novel Technologies for Restoring Challenging Contaminated Sites

2019/20 • $151,600 • PI,CO
Cleaning up contaminated sites in Canada is a significant challenge, in part due to the limited cost effective technologies that can efficiently reduce contamination to safe levels. This is a particular challenge when impermeable soils, such as clay and silts, are contaminated. The use of...

Remediation of soil and groundwater impacted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

2018/19-2019/20 • $142,666 • PI,CO
Perfluoralkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are emerging contaminants that have been found in Canadian lakes, wetlands, groundwater and soil. The development of treatment strategies and technologies for PFAS represents an urgent need throughout North America due to their toxicity,...

Fate and effects of metallic nanoparticles in wetland systems

2018/19-2019/20 • $86,000 • PI
Nanotechnology offers exciting scientific advancements. However, with these advancements there is also concern over the effects these same engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) can have on the environment. The risk of ENPs on the environment is largely unknown due to a lack of information on the...

Transformation, fate and effect of emerging contaminants in treatment wetland systems

2012/13-2017/18 • $138,000 • PI
Clean water is essential in maintaining both human and environmental health, putting water treatment as a top societal priority. Growing health and environmental concerns regarding water contamination have made both pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials of particular interest. Pharmaceutical...

Ecotoxicity and transport of nanoparticles released from commercial products

2014/15-2016/17 • $510,185 • PI,CO
Nanotechnology is met with both excitement and scepticism. On the one hand there are tremendous technological opportunities through the exploitation of the unique properties of nanoparticles. On the other hand, there is concern that nanoparticles will have adverse effects on human and ecological...

Development and pilot testing of a portable subsurface penetration unit for light induced fluorescence hydrocarbon plume characterization at remote sites

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
SCG Industries Limited utilizes an innovative technology for the spatial characterization of free phase petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater called UVOSTr (UltraViolet Optical Screening Tool). This technique adapts Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy, a powerful optical...

Prioritization framework for Canadian sites impacted by perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are used in many common products including carpet, stain and waterresistant fabrics, food packaging, and fire-fighting foams. PFCs are released from these products throughregular usage, wearing, and leaching leading to transport into the Canadian environment. Due...

High-throughput microbiological and biochemical characterization system

2013/14 • $66,119 • PI,CO
This versatile high-throughput microbiological and biochemical characterization system will allow several researchers at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) to initiate new collaborations among chemists, chemical engineers and biologists to explore novel research directions in the areas...